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Neymar appears on the verge of becoming the most expensive player in football history after informing Barcelona of his desire to leave amid talk of a 222million euros (Â£199million) move to Paris St Germain.
Here, we look at the previous players to have broken the record in the last two decades.
Alan Shearer – 1996: £15million (Blackburn to Newcastle)
Having won the Premier League at Blackburn in 1995, all-time Premier League record goalscorer Shearer returned to his hometown club a hero.
Ronaldo – 1997: £19.5million (Barcelona to Inter Milan)
The Brazil striker moved on to break the record for the second time in a year but, despite a great scoring ratio, he only won the UEFA Cup during his spell at the San Siro.
Denilson – 1998: £21.5million (Sao Paulo to Real Betis)
A precocious talent in Brazil, Denilson never made the desired impact after his record move and struggled to hold down a place at Betis before moving on.
Christian Vieri – 1999: £32million (Lazio to Inter Milan)
Eight clubs in as many seasons eventually led Vieri to Inter, where they broke the transfer record once again and he would form a formidable partnership with Ronaldo.
Hernan Crespo – 2000: £35.5million (Parma to Lazio)
A year later, Lazio replaced Vieri with Crespo and he ended his first season with the club as Serie A’s top goalscorer.
Luis Figo – 2000: £37million (Barcelona to Real Madrid)
The era of the Galacticos truly began with the acrimonious transfer of Portugal winger Figo between the Clasico rivals.
Zinedine Zidane – 2001: £46.6million (Juventus to Real Madrid)
Madrid continued to build their team of superstars by adding France international Zidane from Juventus – and he went on to become coach at the Bernabeu.
Kaka – 2009: £56million (AC Milan to Real Madrid)
Breaking their own record once again, Kaka’s move from Italy was not as successful as Madrid would have hoped but he still lifted a LaLiga title before returning to Milan in 2013.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 2009: £80million (Manchester United to Real Madrid)
Having coveted Ronaldo for a couple of years, Madrid upped their record significantly to land the 2008 Ballon d’Or winner – and the Portuguese went from strength to strength in Spain.
Gareth Bale – 2013: £86million (Tottenham to Real Madrid)
A fifth-straight record broken by Madrid as they returned to England to poach the Premier League’s hottest talent – this time taking Wales international Bale to Spain, where he would flourish.
Paul Pogba – 2016: £89million (Juventus to Manchester United)
Having left Old Trafford four years earlier for a nominal amount, France midfielder Pogba returned as the new world-record signing.
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